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Did you know that the Oscar winning film '12 Years A Slave' is based on the autobiography of Solomon Northrup who was born in Minerva and later lived in Saratoga Springs? Northrup worked as a free man at several Saratoga hotels, including the Grand Union as a stand-out violinist before he was captured and sold into slavery in Louisiana.

The great-great-great granddaughter of Northrup, Melissa Howell of Seneca Falls, is petitioning President Obama to posthumously award the former Saratoga Springs man the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

If you have ever walked along bustling Broadway on a warm spring or summer evening, more likely than not you have come across the wizardry that is Steven Brundage. You may know him as the guy who got out of a speeding ticket by enchanting the police officer with his famous Rubik's Cube trick (Saratoga.com was treated to this magic trick a couple months ago when Brundage visited our office and I am still mind blown.) 

Next week, on Monday, July 6th, Brundage's sorcery will be televised nationwide, and you can watch! 

Having been a frequent visitor and now, a recent resident to Spa City, I truly believe there is nothing more that could be added to make Saratoga even more wonderful than it already is. However, the latest addition may just prove me wrong. A waterfront park on Saratoga Lake that has been in the works for some time now has set its opening date for July 9th.

One of the progress photos viewable on Saratoga-Springs.org
As if we needed another reason to love summer in Saratoga! Between the start of track season and SPAC concerts galore, we can now add National Ice Cream Month to the list of fantastic things happening in July. Wondering where the best place for ice cream is in Saratoga? Luckily, we've picked out our five favorites for you! 

Have a wild imagination? Use it to win big! The 174th Annual Saratoga County Fair invites everyone to participate in the Lego Contest at the fair on Wednesday, July 22nd. This year, contestants will be able to create their own fair and use legos to build animals, buildings, rides or whatever their imagination dreams up to coincide with the theme of "A Day at the Fair.
Everyone knows Saratoga is the place to be for the Fourth of July and this weekend's line-up of events is full of next level fun. From the All-American Celebration, to fireworks over Saratoga Lake to Dave Matthew's return to SPAC, it is sure to be an amazing few days! Check out our favorite events happening this weekend:

As with most things in Saratoga during the summer, the world of food is no different... there is a lot going on! From new franchises planning to set up shop to seasonal menus on Broadway to dining for a good cause, we've rounded up some businesses happenings in Saratoga's food and restaurant scene for you to catch up on.


Saratoga Race Course has three main "premium" restaurants where seats must be reserved and dress code policies are enforced. Some seats at these restaurants offer excellent views of the track. This year, seats at The Turf Terrace, The Club Terrace and The Porch not only cost more, but reservations must also be paid in advance.

Saratoga Race Course

The all new Menchie's frozen yogurt shop opened this week and is giving Saratoga lots of reasons to celebrate its arrival! Through July 3rd, there will be freebies and promotions happening at the store daily.

The acclaimed international youth circus, Circus Smirkus, is returning for four shows at Saratoga Casino and Raceway starting this weekend! Gather under the "Big Top" with your family and friends on July 5th and 6th as the Waldorf School proudly presents the 2015 Circus Smirkus "Big Top Tour."


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